Game Changers Program

 “Unique apprenticeship program that leads to indie game company startups”

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Program Brief
Game Changers Program

The Ministry of Communications and Information TechnologyDigiPen USA, And Advanced Initiative are now recruiting KSA residents and citizens for the Game Changers Program. Based in Riyadh, the Game Changers Program aims to help Saudis with a strong entrepreneurial spirit to launch indie game companies that produce engaging, interactive experiences for the MENA region. Over one year, the apprentices will be immersed in a fast-paced, collaborative environment where they will be mentored by veteran game industry professionals and incubation specialists to acquire the required technical, creative, and business skills needed to accomplish this primary goal. The game teams that form from within the Game Changers Program will develop a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) that may result in the team advancing to an incubator phase where they will continue to receive significant launch support, including grant funding of up to 70,000 SAR.

Kickstarting the Game Industry in KSA
Program Brief
Program Objectives
100
participant
50
Graduates
10
Startups
Program Highlights
Training Program Phase
2,000 training hours provided by the best experts in the gaming industry
2,000 training hours provided by the best experts in the gaming industry
Mentors and advisors from major international companies in the gaming industry
Mentors and advisors from major international companies in the gaming industry
Certificate of completion
Certificate of completion
Incubation Phase
70,000 SAR startup grant for each graduated startup
70,000 SAR startup grant for each graduated startup
Intensive training innovation and entrepreneurship
Intensive training innovation and entrepreneurship
Software and hardware perks and incentives
Software and hardware perks and incentives
Program Tracks
There are three apprenticeship tracks to choose from
Game Design
Game Design

Focused on understanding the elements and process for creating highly engaging experiences for all types of games and interactive applications.

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Game Art & Animation
Game Art & Animation

Emphasis on creative process to develop strong visual elements including characters, environments, props, visual effects, animation, and even user interface components.

Requirements
Game Programming
Game Programming

Prepares programmers to bring the vision of game designers to reality through the creation of optimized code to implement gameplay elements including core game logic, artificial intelligence, physics, and graphics. 

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An initiative by
Strategic Partners
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